Leanne Choo

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Leanne Choo
Personal information
Country  Australia
Born (1991-06-05) 5 June 1991 (age 25)
Adelaide, South Australia
Residence Melbourne, Victoria
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight 57 kg (126 lb)
Handedness Left
Mixed Doubles
Highest ranking 28 (7/14/2015)
Current ranking 28
BWF profile
Updated on 4 Jan 2016.

Leanne Choo (born 5 June, 1991) is a female badminton player from Australia. Choo is the reigning Oceania Champion in women's and mixed doubles. She represented Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics, alongside former women's doubles partner, Renuga Veteran. Choo was scheduled to be competing at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Personal[edit]

Leanne, nicknamed Choo, Choobuka and Cheanne Loo, was born in Adelaide, South Australia. She attended Glen Osmond Primary School and later graduated from Glenunga International High School. In 2010, she enrolled at the University of Adelaide to study a degree in architecture.[1][2] Choo is a member of the Sturt Badminton Club, the largest badminton club in South Australia.[3]

Career[edit]

Early Career - 2012[edit]

Choo started playing badminton when she was eight years old.[1] She rose to prominence as a junior becoming the first South Australian to win a triple crown at a national event. Due to her ongoing success, she was made a member of the Australian National Team. As a member of the national team, she is based at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, in Melbourne, Victoria.[4]

Choo has represented Australia multiple times including at the 2006, 2007 and 2009 BWF World Junior Championships. She continued representing Australia at a junior level at the 2007 Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney and the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune, India. Her senior debut was at the 2010 Uber Cup in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She also competed at the 2012 edition in Wuhan, China. Choo has also represented Australia at the World Mixed Team Championships, the Sudirman Cup in 2011 and 2015.[1]

At the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, Choo began her partnership with Renuga Veeran. The pair almost staged an upset in the quarterfinals against the number one seeds from Singapore, Yao Lei and Shinta Mulia Sari. This was the first international tournament that Choo and Veeran had competed in.[2][5] The duo officially formed their partnership soon afterwards.

Choo and Veeran competed at the 2011 BWF World Championships in London where they reached the second round. The pair demolished Steffi Annys and Severine Corvilain of Germany 21-6 21-9 in the first round before losing to 10th seeds, and eventual bronze medalists of the 2012 Summer Olympics, Valeria Sorokina and Nina Vislova of Russia in three games.[6]

2012 Summer Olympics[edit]

Choo was named as part of Australia's badminton team for the 2012 Summer Olympics, in London and made her Olympic debut as a 21-year-old.[2][7][8][9] At the end of the Olympic qualifying period, Choo and Veeran were ranked 35th in the world. During the qualifying process, their ranking peaked at 26.[10] At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Choo and Veeran performed well in their round robin matches thrashing their South African opponents and staying in contention with their Korean and Indonesian opponents, ranked world number three end eight respectively at the time. Unfortunately, they placed third in their pool and could not advance to the quarterfinals.

However, four pairs including Meiliana Jauhari and Greysia Polii of Indonesia and Ha Jung Eun and Kim Min Jung of Korea were disqualified from the competition. The pairings were disqualified for "not using ones's best efforts to win a match" and "conducting oneself in a manner that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport" as they were intentionally trying to lose matches in order to secure an easier quarterfinal draw.

The duo advance to the quarterfinals, where they were defeated by Alex Bruce and Michelle Li of Canada. They were awarded a 5th placing, the best result in Australia's history of Olympic badminton.[11][12]

Results from 2012 Summer Olympics

Round Date Opponent Score Result
Group C

Pool Match 1

28/07/2012 IndonesiaMeiliana Jauhari

IndonesiaGreysia Polii

21-0 21-0 (DSQ)

(11-21 21-19 14-21)

Win
Group C

Pool Match 2

29/07/2012 South AfricaMichelle Claire Edwards

South AfricaAnnari Viljoen

21-9 21-7 Win
Group C

Pool Match 2

30/07/2012 South KoreaHa Jung Eun

South KoreaKim Min Jung

21-0 21-0 (DSQ)

(7-21 19-21)

Win
Quarterfinals 1/08/2012 CanadaAlex Bruce

CanadaMichelle Li

9-21 21-18 18-21 Loss

2014 - Present[edit]

In April 2014, Choo formed her partnership with Robin Middleton in the Mixed Doubles. In June 2016, the pair qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Achievements[edit]

Oceania Championships[edit]

Women's Singles

Year Venue Opponent Score Result
2010 Stadium Southland,
Invercargill, New Zealand
Australia Chia Chi Huang 7-21, 8-21 Bronze Bronze

Women's Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2015 X-TRM North Harbour Badminton Centre,
North Harbour, New Zealand
Australia Gronya Somerville Australia Talia Saunders
Australia Jennifer Tam
21-14, 21-11 Gold Gold
2012 Ken Kay Badminton Stadium,
Victoria, Australia
Australia Renuga Veeran Australia Ann-Louise Slee
Australia Eugenia Tanaka
21-16, 21-13 Gold Gold
2010 Stadium Southland,
Invercargill, New Zealand
Australia Kate Wilson-Smith Australia Leisha Cooper
Australia Ann-Louise Slee
22-20, 21-11 Gold Gold

Mixed Doubles

Year Venue Partner Opponent Score Result
2016 Punaauia University Hall,
Papeete, Tahiti
Australia Robin Middleton Australia Anthony Joe
Australia Joy Lai
21-11, 21-9 Gold Gold
2015 X-TRM North Harbour Badminton Centre,
North Harbour, New Zealand
Australia Robin Middleton New Zealand Oliver Leydon-Davis
New Zealand Danielle Tahuri
21-12, 21-14 Gold Gold
2012 Ken Kay Badminton Stadium,
Victoria, Australia
Australia Glenn Warfe Australia Raymond Tam
Australia Eugenia Tanaka
17-21, 19-21 Silver Silver
2010 Stadium Southland,
Invercargill, New Zealand
Australia Chad Whitehead New Zealand Henry Tam
New Zealand Donna Haliday
17-21, 24-22, 14-21 Bronze Bronze

BWF International Challenge/Series[edit]

Women's Doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2017 Jamaica International Canada Rachel Honderich Jamaica Mikaylia Haldane
Jamaica Katherine Wynter
21-2, 21-8 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2014 Auckland International Australia Gronya Somerville Chinese Taipei Chang Ching-hui
Chinese Taipei Chang Hsin-tien
11-6, 8-11, 10-11, 9-11 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2014 Victorian International Australia Renuga Veeran Indonesia Keshya Nurvita Hanadia
Indonesia Devi Tika Permatasari
13-21, 11-21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2011 Altona International Australia Renuga Veeran New Zealand Amanda Brown
New Zealand Stephanie Cheng
22-20, 21-11 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2010 Altona International Australia Kate Wilson-Smith Australia He Tian Tang
Australia Renuga Veeran
15-21, 15-21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2010 Tahiti International Australia Kate Wilson-Smith Germany Nicole Grether
Canada Charmaine Reid
21-12, 19-21, 21-12 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner

Mixed Doubles

Year Tournament Partner Opponent Score Result
2015 Sydney International Australia Robin Middleton United States Phillip Chew
United States Jamie Subandhi
21-8, 21-17 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 Maribyrnong International Australia Robin Middleton Australia Sawan Serasinghe
Australia Setyana Mapasa
17-21, 21-19, 21-19 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2015 Sri Lanka International Australia Robin Middleton India Arun Vishnu
India Aparna Balan
21-15, 17-21, 13-21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2011 Brazil International Australia Glenn Warfe United States Halim Ho
United States Eva Lee
11-21, 15-21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
2011 Altona International Australia Glenn Warfe New Zealand Kevin Dennerly-Minturn
New Zealand Stephanie Cheng
22-20, 21-11 1st, gold medalist(s) Winner
2010 Tahiti International Australia Glenn Warfe Australia Ross Smith
Australia Kate Wilson-Smith
14-21, 21-13, 18-21 2nd, silver medalist(s) Runner-up
     BWF International Challenge tournament
     BWF International Series tournament
     BWF Future Series tournament

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c "London 2012 – Leanne Choo". London2012.olympics.com.au. Retrieved 2012-06-19. 
  3. ^ "Elite members". Sturt Badminton Club Inc. Retrieved 2015-06-18. 
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  6. ^ "tournamentsoftware.com - Yonex BWF World Championships 2011 - General". www.tournamentsoftware.com. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
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  9. ^ AAP (15 June 2012). "Bendigo's Warfe named in Olympic squad – Local News – Sport – Badminton". Bendigo Advertiser. Retrieved 2012-06-19. 
  10. ^ "London 2012 – Renuga Veeran". London2012.olympics.com.au. 20 June 1986. Retrieved 2012-06-19. 
  11. ^ "2012 London Olympics -- Eight badminton players disqualified for trying to lose matches". Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  12. ^ "Aussies benefit from badminton tanking scandal". ABC Grandstand Sport. Retrieved 2015-06-02.